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I Made This – OCD Strings

Part 2 of a series on independent archery businesses. This week, Julie Bergen of OCD Strings, on the west coast of the USA.  I build custom bowstrings, specialising in single string bows (recurve & longbow). Each string is built for

Mongolian Archery: from the Stone Age to Naadam

Out in Mongolia, a storm is coming. By Dr. Antonio Graceffo Every year, a major festival called Naadam in Mongolia celebrates the “three games of men”, the manly pursuits of archery, wrestling and horse racing. At this year’s competition, I

How To Win The Olympics: Jay Barrs

Mimi Landström Jay Barrs, the 1988 Olympic Champion in Seoul was the last champion to win shooting against the field. The 1988 Olympics was the last Games before the introduction of head-to-head elimination matches. The Games were very different to

Ask the experts – stiff vs damped and other questions

Our expert panel answers your questions. Send yours to john.stanley@futurenet.com Question: My son shoots competitive compound target archery. He currently shoots a 30″ front bar of a larger diameter and my thought is to upgrade to a much smaller diameter

Competing with primitive bows

What’s it like to compete with something you’ve made yourself? By Alex Tyler. Watching a repeat on television, you can often tell how much time has passed since the programme was made by looking at the technology used. Seeing the

News

Bow News: September 2020

Remote-coached archer takes top spot at US Nationals Alex Zuleta-Visser of Florida, USA, took first place at the US Open elimination competition in senior recurve women, beating Erin Mickelberry, 6-2. It is her first national title, at the 136th USA

I Made This – RCore

Part 1 of a new series on independent archery businesses. This week, we meet up with Aris Korbetis of RCore.  RCore designs and produces custom aftermarket grips for recurve risers, tailored to each customer’s needs. There are four main designs

COVID-19: What now for archery?

Bow looks at the effects of the pandemic on the sport. One of the more durable cliches in the media over the past three months has been stating that we are living in ‘unprecedented times’. It may be a cliche,

Sponsorship and draw weights: Ask the experts

Our expert panel answers your questions. Send yours to john.stanley@futurenet.com Question I have read a number of other pieces on reversals but none mention bow poundage/ draw weight. If draw weight is mentioned, they just say increase draw weight but

Archery tournaments: What to do when things go wrong

Roy Rose is here to tell you what to do when it all goes pear-shaped at an archery tournament. Our initial tournament experiences are always packed with mixed emotions. There’s anticipation, there’s natural excitement, there’s logical trepidation and finally of

Reviews

Mantis X8 Shooting Analysis System review

A hi-tech new product with revolutionary potential? The Mantis Shooting System is a small device that mounts on your bow, records your movements while taking a shot, and plots them on a graph.  That simple, huh? It’s a little more

Ragim Whitetail longbow review

Alex Tyler puts an Italian thoroughbred through its paces Italian manufacturer Ragim make a wide range of wooden archery bows, including recurve takedowns and beginners gear, but their speciality is high-quality wooden trad bows. The Whitetail is a product from

Triple Trouble: Grip

Sjef van den Berg’s custom wooden grip has been winning fans. The ‘Grip By Sjef’ is the first major product from the Dutch Triple Trouble stable of Jaap Bolt, Gijs Broeksma and Olympian Sjef van den Berg. Best known for

The essential guide to vanes

Adrian Tippins provides an essential guide to vanes Introduction Whether we’re shopping online or in store we are affronted by hundreds of vanes of all sizes and shapes. This can often lead to option paralysis. The confusion leads a lot

Essential outdoor kit for archery

Field generally needs more kit than target. Here’s the lowdown. All archers will be familiar with the need to carry a set of equipment around. Field archery, due to the more complex and unforgiving environment requires another level of self-sufficiency

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